A number of studies have monitored and determined the safety of vaccines. The tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is safe for both pregnant women and their growing babies.
- A study has found that the Tdap vaccine is safe for use by pregnant women who want to pass their immunity to their newborn children.
- Babies cannot receive the Tdap vaccine that protects against these diseases until they are 2 months old predisposing them to the risk of pertussis.
- The vaccine was found not to cause any health problems or birth defects for the developing fetus.
“In between the time they’re born and their 2 months’ visit, they don’t really have any protective antibodies other than what has passed through the placenta,” DeSilva said. “There have been some studies that show there is an increased chance of passing these antibodies when the mother gets this vaccine.”
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.